"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." -Matthew 6:33
In our lives, there are many things that can distract us from our main goal. There's physical distractions like friends, TV, the internet, books, or sports, and then there's nonphysical distractions like our feelings and what we want, etc. Now, there's nothing really wrong with any of those things. Jesus had friends. The Bible talks all the time about how we need to rest. Even Jesus would go off by himself to rest at times. However, when we stop fitting those things around our relationship with God and start fitting our relationship with God around our hobbies and interest, who are we really putting first in our lives?
I once saw a picture of a jar with a bunch of rocks and sand inside, and had to read what it was about. I clicked on the link and it was a classroom illustration of how we should spend our time. See, there was a jar, and a few rocks, and a bunch of pebbles, and then some sand. The teacher stood in front of the students and told them to try fitting things in in this order: sand, pebbles, rocks
The students tried and tried, but no matter what they just couldn't get everything to fit. The teacher then told her students to try to put the pebbles in first. When that didn't work, the teacher told her students to sit down. She then showed the students that if you put the rocks in first, and then the pebbles, and then the sand, it all fits. The moral of that lesson was that we have to get our priorities straight. In order to put in the sand, we have to put in the pebbles first, and in order to put in the pebbles you have to put in the rocks. But not only do we need to put the most important things first, we also need to check and see what is most important to us. Who is our rock? Some peoples' rock is TV. Some peoples' rock is sports. Some peoples' rock is earthly knowledge. What is your rock?
Today, I would like to encourage each of you to remember who or what your rock is, and if you see that your main focus in life isn't to please God, then you may want to think about changing that.